Thursday, August 20, 2009


Not-so-little Leonidas enjoys tipping over his water bowl, spilling the contents on the kitchen floor, tap dancing in the puddle, and tracking wet kitty-prints across the rest of the house. He's even able to knock over the “no-tip” bowls.

On the plus side, I have a very clean floor now. However, it's incredibly irritating.

I read online that kittens do this because they like running water. Most people suggested getting a pet fountain that circulates and filters the water, allowing kitty some moving H2O, and hopefully putting an end to the flooding.

Fifty bucks later.....

You put your right paw in,
You pull your right paw out.
You put your left paw in,
And you shake it all about.

You put your left ear in,
You pull your left ear out.
You put your nostrils in,
And you jump 3 feet in the air.

You get the idea. He was practically bathing in it.

It did nothing to prevent the flooding. With such a large area of water to play in, Leo managed to stretch the dampness radius to around 6 feet.

I waited a few days, hoping it was just a phase. Heh. No.

On the third day, I found Leo nearly soaked from loooooving his new drinky bowl, so I decided to give him a real bath.

He's been fascinated by the tub anyway, and likes to hop in when it's empty. I was counting on this once the was tub filled. He did not disappoint!

Cattus Domesticus Dorkus.

He jumped right up to the edge, peered in, and slid. Within a split second, he realized his fatal mistake. All four legs shot out sideways, he spun in midair, and tried to climb out. Too slippery. Splash!

You ever see in the old Scooby Doo cartoons where the kids are running from a ghost, and their legs turn into propeller-like wheels, indicating they're trying to go fast, but haven't actually gone anywhere?

Yeah. That was Leo.

After that, it wasn't too bad. He reluctantly allowed me to soap him up with Kitty Bubbles, rinse and dry.

Now I'm trying to decide what to do with the water fountain. Maybe once he's out of the kitten stage he'll be less likely to play in it.

In the meantime, I'm considering baby bowls with suction cups.